Events \\ Special Event

The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX)

Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 10 am - 5 pm

Photographer Will Wilson offers a limited number of tintype portrait sessions in working portrait studio set up on site. Using a large format camera and the historic wet plate collodion process the artist will invite the public to engage in the ritual interchange that is the photographic studio portrait. The particular beauty of this old photographic process references a bygone era and the historic images that continue to contribute to society’s collective understanding of Native American people. Wilson’s project sparks an intervention into this history of photography revealing the multidimensional nature of photography and the multiplicity of meanings and possibilities that photographs can generate.

Through collaboration with his sitters, Wilson indigenizes the photographic exchange, drawing attention to the relationship between the picture taker and the person posing. Ultimately the artist wants to ensure that the subjects of these portraits are participating in the re-inscription of their customs and values in a way that will lead to a more equal distribution of power and influence in the cultural conversation. This exchange will yield a series of contemporary tintypes whose alchemical process and enigmatic surface visually bend time and underscore how much of our understanding of our world is acquired through fabricated methods.  As a gesture of reciprocity the artist will gift the sitter the tintype produced during the exchange with the caveat that he be granted a non-exclusive right to create and use a high resolution scan of their image for his own artistic purposes. Participants are encouraged to bring items of significance to their session.

William (Will) Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation.  Born in San Francisco in 1969, Wilson studied photography at The University of New Mexico (MFA, writing a dissertation on the photography of Milton S. Snow), and at Oberlin College. Wilson’s CIPX project is currently on display at the Seattle Art Museum in Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson. He is the Program Head of Photography at Santa Fe Community College.

Photographer Kali Spitzer, Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia), is on-hand to assist Wilson. Spitzer is currently studying at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at the Santa Fe Community College. She works with film and large format and has developed a new found love for the wet plate collodion process using an 8x10 camera. Her work has been exhibited and recognized internationally.

Location: Create Space 2
Reservations are required, space very limited
Offered in conjunction with Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings